My visit

Whether it's your first visit, or your hundred and first, there's so much to see and do in Buxton during festival season.

Where to stay

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Old Hall Hotel

Situated across the square from the Edwardian Opera House, Old Hall Hotel is the ideal base for your festival visit. We have 38 individually decorated en-suite bedrooms, all with free Wi-Fi. Choose from a range of rooms from Single to Four Poster, with breakfast and dinner options available in our Restaurant and Wine Bar.

The Square, Buxton, SK17 6TQ
01298 22841

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B&B @ No.6 The Square

Perfectly located for your festival stay, you’ll find No.6 The Square opposite Buxton Opera House. Four spacious and luxurious en-suite double rooms are available on the 2nd and 3rd floor with access to our sitting room on 1st floor.

6 The Square, Buxton, SK17 6AZ
01298 213541

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Best Western Lee Wood Hotel

Set in its own mature grounds, this elegant Georgian hotel is situated only a few moments’ walk from the centre of the spa town and its famous opera house. Family owned for 56 years, our 4-star hotel offers high quality accommodation and award-winning dining.

The Park, Buxton, SK17 6TQ
01298 23002

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Biggin Hall

Our 21 bedroom Country House Hotel offers exceptional year-round accommodation in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Centrally situated in the peaceful open countryside, our characterful historical house of 17th century origin stands 1,000 feet above sea level.

Biggin-by-Hartington, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 0DH
01298 84451

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Palace Hotel Buxton Cherry Blossom

The Palace Hotel Buxton & Spa

Set in five acres of landscaped gardens , Centrally located, Just a 5 minute walk from the Opera House, offering 186 en-suite bedrooms, Bars , Lounge, Beauty Salon & Leisure Facilities including a 14-metre indoor pool. Pre-theatre dinners are available in our Dovedale Restaurant from 5.30pm.

Palace Road, Buxton, SK17 6AG
01298 22001


Queen's Head Hotel & Public House

We offer bed and breakfast in our newly built accommodation rooms and converted stable block, both situated at the rear of our premises. All twelve en-suite rooms have central heating, tea/coffee making facilities and Sky’s ‘in-room’ television service. Larger groups requiring accommodation are welcome but it’s best to call with your requirements.

High Street, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6EU
01298 23841


Roseleigh Guest House

Our 14 bedroom, family run, non-smoking Victorian guest house was built in 1871 and is only a five minute scenic walk from Buxton Opera House, overlooking the Pavilion Gardens and ornamental lake. Free residents’ parking is available for up to 10 cars. Please visit our website for rates and a comprehensive virtual tour.

19 Broad Walk, Buxton SK17 6JR
01298 24904

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Wheeldon Trees Farm

We have a choice of nine award-winning, family friendly, dog friendly, self-catering holiday cottages in the spectacular Peak District, close to Buxton and Bakewell. Ideal for family and group gatherings to this year’s festival.

Earl Sterndale, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 0AA
01298 83219

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Where to eat

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Old Hall Hotel

Just across the square from the Opera House, we are the perfect and very popular venue for pre- and post-opera meals. Our restaurant is open from 12pm – 2pm and 5.15pm – 11pm. Wine Bar open all day from 10am. Advanced bookings are advisable.

The Square, Buxton SK17 6BD
01298 22841

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No 6. The Square Tearooms

Enjoy traditional English tearooms situated opposite Buxton Opera House and our special Festival fare pre-opera with Champagne. Open 10am – 7pm. Festival fare available 5.30 – 7pm. Booking advisable.

6 The Square, Buxton SK17 6AZ
01298 213541

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Buxton Pudding Emporium

Enjoy our traditional English tearooms situated opposite Buxton Opera House and our special Festival fare pre-opera with Champagne. Open 10am – 7pm. Festival fare available 5.30 – 7pm. Booking advisable.

4 The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AZ
01298 214154



Within walking distance of the magnificent Buxton Opera House, Steve and Kim McNally have run the restaurant since 1997, making it ideal for a perfectly timed pre show supper, or a relaxing evening meal with friends, family or colleagues.

7 Hall Bank, Buxton SK17 6EW
01298 78752


The Pavilion Cafe

Our team are hard at work all day with breakfast served with a smile from 9.30am – 11.30am, and main meals and afternoon teas served from 2.30pm. During the summer festival season we open for pre-show meals between 5pm – 7pm. Booking is advisable, as these are highly popular in our warm, welcoming café overlooking the picturesque landscaped gardens.

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton SK17 6BE
01298 23114

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Where to visit

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Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Explore the geology, archaeology and creative spirit of the Peak District. The annual Derbyshire Open Art Exhibition showcases works by professional and amateur artists. Temporary exhibitions also showing by Barbara Bristow, Kate Pheasey and Michaela Wrigley.

Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA
01298 24658

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Isla Fine Art, Cards & Gifts

For anyone interested in the arts, we have gifts with music and literary themes, alongside decorative objects for the home. With a rolling programme of fine art exhibitions by local artists as well as a carefully curated selection of beautifully designed gifts and cards.

4b The Colonnade, Buxton SK17 6AL
01298 938492


John Hattersley Wines

In selecting our wines we invest time and effort into knowing a bit more about each wine’s heritage, how it’s made and who makes it. This is where our passion for wine springs from and we hope to pass on some of our enthusiasm to you.

The Wine Warehouse, Milford, Bakewell, DE45 1DX
01629 815255


The Pavilion Gardens

Discover a day at the gardens to see excellent café and coffee bar. Fairs and events take place all the year round under cover, including Farmers Markets & Fine Food Fairs, Arts, Crafts, Jewellery & Designer Fairs as well as Plant & Garden Fairs. Pre-theatre dinning available throughout the Festival.

St John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE
01298 23114


Poole's Cavern & Country Park

Buxton Civic Association’s objective is to promote the preservation of the historical and environmental heritage of Buxton and its surroundings for the public benefit. The general aim is to help maintain and improve Buxton and its surrounding area as a wonderful place to live and visit. We are the proud owners of Poole’s Cavern and Country Park and 160 acres of beautiful woodland in and around the town. You can visit Poole’s Cavern today with our expert guides and journey though the beautifully illuminated chambers to discover for yourself the magnificent underground scenery of the Peak District.

Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH
01298 26978

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The Wonder of the Peak

Discover Buxton provides a journey through time into the history, people and landmarks of Buxton, aboard the phantasmagorical Victorian tram The Wonder of the Peak. Our guided tours leave hourly from outside Buxton Opera House.

01298 79648

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High Peak Marquees

High Peak Marquees

From a simple garden get-together to the most lavish wedding celebration or corporate event, High Peak Marquees have everything you need to ‘tailor make’ your special occasion.

As the leading marquee hire company in the region you can rest assured that High Peak Marquees are here to meet all your marquee requirements and help give you a day to remember.

07966 201524



We’re doing our utmost to ensure your access needs are met so that you have an enjoyable festival experience. Please call our Festival office on 01298 70395 for more information about facilities available at the venues.


While the main church at St John’s is accessible to all, the balcony is not recommended to anyone with mobility issues.

Buxton Opera House has three spaces available for wheelchair users located in the stalls and there are also spaces available for wheelchair users in the front row of the Pavilion Arts Centre. To request a space with your booking and to reserve a free ticket for carers, please call the Box Office on 01298 72190.

Toilet facilities

Accessible toilets are available in both Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre.


Help with hearing

An induction loop system is available at the counter of both Box Offices in Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre.

There are a limited number of passive infra-red (PIR) systems in both Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre. These work through a special headset, rather than your hearing aid, which is available from the Box Office at Buxton Opera House. Please reserve one when booking your ticket over the phone – a £10 cash deposit is required on collection.